Lockdown Learning

Some people don't like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster- Elon Musk As I write this post, New Zealand has been in lockdown for almost a week. We experienced a few days of online learning before the earlier-than-normal Easter holidays began. In that time I have witnessed a flurry …

What to do When the World Shuts Down

When I had the idea of making the following poster, it was done when school closure was a theoretical concept, not a reality. I must say I was hugely skeptical that we would go into full lockdown. But when lockdown came, it did so swiftly and uncompromisingly. ONLINE LEARNING Was I worried about my students? …

Teaching as Inquiry: Final Innovative Spin

Having worked with Tabitha Leonard, this final innovative spin will focus on Learning Mindsets and Learning Dispositions. My baseline evidence is anecdotal, and based on student interviews. My strategy is to be creative, flexible and motivational. The impact data will be based on the way students approach this term's unit. As we move into term …

Refining my teaching practice

“Reflective practice is challenging, demanding and a trying process.” (Osterman and Kottkamp, 1993) If they had added enjoyable, informative and rewarding, it could have been a definition for the Mind Lab programme. For 32 weeks, you are constantly looking at what you do and reflecting on how you could do it better, with students at the …

English Department Professional Development session

At our school we have professional development sessions every second Wednesday morning. Our head of department, Meryl Howell, requested that we each take a session and in this way draw on each others' strengths and skills. It is a wonderful idea to collaborate in this way, but also quite scary to present to those closest …